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Bella Signora, classical scales and other anomalies

I've been working with a lot of singing teachers in the past few months. They teach in as many genres as you can name. Most have a performing background. A few have performed exclusively in CCM genres, most have had some classical training and/or performed as classical singers. On our recent Singing Teacher Training in Australia, [...]

What is music anyway?

I've been thinking about music and what it is, how it's written and how we perform it. I first showed the following sequence in a workshop at Chichester University in 2018. Let me know what you think! What do you see? The image above contains a number of white dots. There is very little meaning in [...]

By |2019-05-27T22:42:20+01:00April 8th, 2019|Categories: Blog, Free Stuff|Tags: , , , , , , , , |4 Comments

Patter songs and good diction

I’ve always been a fan of patter songs – the type with speedy text or long lists of items. Think “Modern Major General” (G&S), or one of the most difficult written for a woman – “Not Getting Married Today” (Sondheim). I’ve sung them and I’ve coached them for years. The thing you don’t do when singing patter [...]

By |2019-05-27T22:56:20+01:00December 11th, 2018|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

How to sound uncomfortable, comfortably

How to sound uncomfortable, comfortably We’ve described how important it is to sing in your vocal comfort zone. But there is a place in performance for uncomfortable sounds. Think of the sounds you make in an extreme emotion: yelling, screaming or breathlessness. Now think of the patterns people make with those sounds – the yell hits [...]

Gillyanne and Jeremy’s quickfire question round

What do you think about... Back in 2016 the Voice Council Magazine (now archived) asked us a quick-fire question or two about singing, performing, life, the universe and everything. Here are our answers! "Gillyanne Kayes and Jeremy Fisher are eminent educators who run ‘Vocal Process’, a multi-genre and multi-media practice. Gillyanne has a doctorate in female [...]

Changing your genre

Help on changing your genre In 2014 I wrote an article for The Music Teacher magazine on Changing your vocal style (reproduced here) http://vocalprocess.co.uk/style-concious-1-singing-style/ Gillyanne and I also created an online training Webinar on a similar theme called Changing Your Style Without 'Losing' Your Voice http://store.vocalprocess.co.uk/ChangingYourStyle In this new article I thought I'd talk more about changing [...]